Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Computer Information Systems

Our Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree program is designed to prepare you for a career in the rapidly changing Information Technology (IT) field. Built on a foundation of mathematics (discrete structures), communications (technical writing), and strong computer programming skills, you can choose from one of the following three areas of concentration:

  1. Web-based applications: Learn how to design, implement, and manage systems on the web
  2. Database management: Learn how to design, implement, and manage systems for database systems at nonprofit or for-profit organizations
  3. Network systems administration: Learn how to build, install, troubleshoot, and administer local area networks from the foundation up

You will also work on a senior capstone project that allows you to use and apply your learned skills to solve a computer-information-systems problem in a real-world situation. Graduates leave our program with the skills they need to work independently and/or collaboratively with diverse populations of staff, supervisors, and customers in the evolving Information Technology field.

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Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (BS) Academic RequirementsCREDIT HOURS REQUIREMENTS
CIS Major Requirements56 HRS
Required Courses36
CIS 110 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming(4)
CIS 130 Computer systems Hardware(4)
CIS 210 Object-Oriented Programming(4)
*CIS 240 Database Management Concepts(4)
*CIS 300 Management Information Systems(4)
CIS 303 Discrete Structure(4)
*CIS 315 Technical Writing for CIS(4)
*CIS 325 Data Structures (Using C++)(4)
*CIS 460 Senior Project(4)
Concentration #1
Database Systems Management(4)
*CIS 220 Client-Side Web Development(4)
*CIS 310 Database Security Management(4)
*CIS 320 Server-Side Web Development(4)
*CIS 340 Database Management(4)
*CIS 440 Topics in Advanced Databases(4)
Concentration #2
Network Systems Administrator20 HRS
CIS 216 Operating Systems(4)
CIS 217 Computer Networks(4)
*CIS 328 Network Systems Security(4)
*CIS 360 Advanced Topics in Networks(4)
*CIS 370 Network Management(4)
Concentration #3
Web-based applications20 HRS
*CIS 220 Client-Side Web Development(4)
*CIS 312 Advanced Applications Programming(4)
With Visual Basic
*CIS 320 Server-Side Web Development(4)
*CIS 328 Network Systems Security(4)
*CIS 400 Ecommerce(4)
General Education Requirements40 HRS
ENG 160 Composition I(4)
ENG 162 Composition II(4)
ENG 165 Speech(4)
MAT 225 Statistics(4)
PHY 103 Earth Science OR(4)
BIO 102 Introduction to Human Biology
HUM 202 Humanities I OR(4)
ENG 203 American Culture and Literature OR
PHI 200 Introduction to Philosophy OR
PHI 220 Ethics
SPA 222 The Hispanic-American Experience
Through Literature OR
HUM 202 Humanities I(4)
HUM 204 Music Appreciation OR(4)
HUM 205 History and Appreciation of Art
HIS 104 Survey of U.S. History to 1865 OR(4)
HIS 105 Survey of U.S. History 1865 to Present OR
PSC 103 American Government and Politics
PSY 101 General Psychology OR(4)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Elective Credits24 HRS
Total Credit Hours Required120 HRS

A.A., Computer Information Systems

Our Liberal Arts and Sciences degree curriculum* with a Computer Information Systems concentration is designed to provide you with foundational comprehension of English, mathematics, science, and history while also exposing you to basic knowledge within the Information Technology (IT) field. The Computer Information Systems major can also be used as a foundation to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree.

*The general education core for this degree complies with the guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

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Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Program FAQ:

Q: How long is the Computer Information Systems Program?

A: This is a typical 4-year program, compiled of 120 total credit hours that can be taken at your leisure.

Q: Can I get my BS in Computer Information Systems degree online?

A: Yes! The Computer Information Systems degree program is offered both online and in person. Our online model is a real-time livestream of the courses, so students have the flexibility to learn completely online, in-person, or a combination of both.

Q: What is the career outlook for BS in Computer Information Systems graduates?

A: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, on its Economic News website, projects that Computer Systems Design and related Services will be the fifth highest out of 19 industries that will have significant job growth between 2014 and 2024, adding over 408,000 new jobs during those years. In today’s workplace, there is almost no industry that can operate without computer technicians to support their systems. Demand is high for well-trained computer network and application specialists.

A.A.S., Computer Information Systems

Our Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum* with one of two (2) Computer Information Systems (CIS) concentrations prepares you for an entry-level career in the Computer Information Systems field and related areas. 

Graduates of this program are prepared to obtain an entry-level position as an application programmer, web developer, database analyst, administrator, network technician, and network specialist. You also have the option to continue your studies with a bachelor’s degree program in Computer Science. 

Choose from one of the following areas of expertise:

  • The Information Applications concentration provides a comprehensive understanding of the rules of logic and program design. You will learn to identify and classify the data structure used in computer programming; write a business computer program solution from its specification design; identify customer needs to design and implement a computer solution to a business problem.
  • The Information Systems Support concentration trains you to arrange all hardware components and be able to build a microcomputer system. You will learn how to use basic troubleshooting techniques to overcome common problems that affect a computer system and then demonstrate the skills to set up, install, and upgrade a Windows Operating System and Applications software. Your studies will also teach you how to identify network components and data communication structures to build a Local Area Network (LAN) or to apply network design, architecture structure, and network security procedures to create a computer network. As a student in this program, you will also be prepared to take PC Pro, Network Pro, and Security Pro Certifications—valuable credentials to take to the workplace.

*The general education core for this degree complies with the guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

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